EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (Blugolds.com) - Six UW-Eau Claire student-athletes have been recognized by being named an Athlete of the Week for the 31st week of the 2013-14 season.
Position – Taylor Pierce, Shortstop, 5-2, Junior, Ashwaubenon, Wis.
Pierce started six games at shortstop this week and helped the Blugolds to a 5-1 conference record. She led the team batting, with a .522 average, recording 12 hits in 23 at-bats, both of which were team-highs. Two of her hits were for extra bases, a double and a triple, and both came against UW-Superior, driving in two runs as the Blugolds won 2-0. She also scored four runs and led the Blugolds with eight RBI. Pierce finished the week with a .652 slugging percentage with 15 total bases and had an on-base percentage of .560. She was also 2-for-2 in stolen bases. In the field, Pierce accumulated eight putouts with 11 assists.
Pitcher – Laura Raflik, Righthanded Pitcher, 5-6, Junior, Plover, Wis./Pacelli
Raflik appeared in three games this week as the Blugolds went 5-1 in conference play. Against UW-River Falls on Monday, Raflik started and pitched 3.1 innings in a game the Blugolds won 11-6. Facing the Falcons, she struck out five batters and allowed just six hits and three runs, only two of which were earned. Wednesday against UW-Superior, a game the Blugolds won 15-2 in five innings, Raflik pitched a complete game, striking out three batters while allowing four hits and two runs. Saturday against UW-Oshkosh she started again and pitched 5.2 innings, allowing six hits and just one run as the Blugolds won 6-1. For the week she had a 2.50 ERA, pitching 14 innings total.
Brady Hanson, Freshman, Woodbury, Minn./East Ridge
At a weather-shortened Saint John’s Invitational, Hanson led the Blugolds to tie first place after he tied for third place with 71 strokes (-1). He also was the Blugolds’ second-highest finisher at the Bobby Krig Invitational earlier in the week, tying for ninth place with 228 strokes as the Blugolds finished in second place.
Kate Engler, Junior, Beloit, Wis./F.J. Turner
At a weather-shortened Carleton College Invitational, Engler took home medalist honors after recording 77 strokes, four in front of the rest of the field. As a team, the Blugolds finished in fourth place.
Men’s Outdoor Track & Field
Track – Matt Scott, Senior, Kiel, Wis.
At the Gina Relays in Hillsdale, Mich. on Friday, Scott broke a school record by more than three seconds in the 1,500-meter run, taking fifth place with a time of 3:47.56. The time is also currently the best in Division III by over one second.
Women’s Outdoor Track & Field
Track – 4x100-Meter Relay – Kayla Kelsey, Junior, Sparta, Wis.; Megan Mulligan, Junior, Lake Geneva, Wis./Badger; Brooke Patterson, Junior, Sussex, Wis./Sussex-Hamilton; Carly Fehler, Junior, Oak Creek, Wis.
At the Drake Relays on Saturday, the 4x100-meter relay team of Kelsey, Mulligan, Patterson and Fehler had the Blugolds' best finish, taking sixth by tying a school record of 47.11 seconds. The mark was also the third best so far in Division III this season.